Review: Winter Storm, Heavy Seas Beer

Winter Storm
Heavy Seas — Baltimore, MD

  • Style:  Imperial ESB
  • Bitterness:  50 IBU
  • ABV:  7.5%
  • Malts:  2-Row, Crystal, Caramalt, Chocolate
  • Hops: Warrior, UK Goldings, UK Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle (provided by brewery) 

Description:   Winter Storm may be Hugh’s favorite beer in the Heavy Seas catalogue. Our winter ale draws on hops from the West Coast and the UK for its pronounced bitterness. A mix of pale and darker malts give it its tawny color and its bigger body. True to the style, Winter Storm’s aroma is nutty malts and earthy hops. This is a perfect fall beer, especially because of its warming qualities. — Heavy Seas

Random thoughts:  I first tasted Heavy Seas beer this summer during a visit to Boston.  Heavy Seas is located in Baltimore, and primarily distributes in the eastern US. They also specialize cask ales and have one of the largest (if not the largest) cask programs in the country. I enjoyed their beer and wanted to give their winter beer, Heavy Storm, a try as part of my series on winter seasonals. 

The tasting:  Deep amber in color, clear, with an off-white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of caramel, earthy hops, molasses and a faint whiff of alcohol. The taste starts with rich caramel and toast. In the middle, plum and nutty flavors emerge, along with a touch of brown sugar sweetness. Hop bitterness is moderate throughout, but partially muted by the malts. Winter Storm is medium bodied, has a creamy mouth feel, and finishes with toasted malt and warming alcohol. 

Rating: 4 star. Really good! I want this again!   Winter Storm is the kind of beer I look for in a winter seasonal. Its rich malty flavors and full body provide a perfect complement the cold and dreary weather. So let this Winter Storm warm you up the next time the Polar Vortex comes your way. 

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1 comment:

  1. Is catagory 5 ale new to this beer; it seems to taste different from the winter storms I have had in the past; what's changed?


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